Welcome to Rolling Robots Outreach
Welcome to the Rolling Robots Outreach Program, our web portal for all of our charitable works and community-driven learning initiatives. For years now Rolling Robots has put a huge emphasis on making sure that the students in the communities around us have access to a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education regardless of whether or not those programs existed in their area or if they could afford them. After years of working towards this goal and listening to feedback from parents and teachers about how we could extend our reach even further, we decided it was finally time to step our efforts up to the next level.
It is for this reason that we are now officially launching Rolling Robots Outreach Inc, a 501c3 non-profit formed with a single mission: to promote STEM education and extend access to cutting-edge learning resources to students of all backgrounds and locales.
Now, "How will you do this?" you might find yourself asking. Our basic strategy is as follows:
- Launch a team of students who will serve as STEM Ambassadors in the community to promote STEM education among their peers.
- Develop "Maker-Space" style engineering lab facilities. These will be unique places to train and support students as engineers in the Rolling Robots way. This will be done in dedicated spaces as well as in partnerships with existing community organizations. We are currently in the process of launching our first Maker-Space in Rolling Hills Estates (more on this below).
- Develop partnerships to create Community Based STEM Education Centers.
A volunteer student group promoting STEM Education
The STEM Ambassadors are a group of our students that promote STEM education among their peers. Rolling Robots organizes several outreach events for this team throughout California. in previous years we have promoted robotics day at Compton Unified School District, volunteered at the VEX IQ tournament and VEX State Championship, and even gave a spotlight presentation of the World Championship Skyrise Robot as a VIP guest at the Google Science Fair. This was a huge moment, as the Awards Ceremony was streamed live worldwide and helped us gain a lot of exposure for programs such as this one. We are actively recruiting to swell the ranks of our Ambassador team, and all members of this group will earn service hours towards the President's Volunteer Service Award.
We have launched a workshop for teaching invention using the JV InvenTeam curriculum developed by the Lemelson-MIT foundation. This provides an opportunity for exceptional STEM students to move beyond the classroom and beyond the robotics team to develop the skills to solve real world problems using their creative minds. This winter we had ten 10th grade students participate in our first pilot of this program. We plan to start a new group of students this spring.
Rolling Hills Estates MakerSpace
The MakerSpace at Palos Verdes Estates is a 2200 square feet space which we use to help sharpen curious minds and train ambitious hands!
Our members are building and programming robots, learning invention tools, and gathering with like-minded students in preparation for robotics competition events or for simply sharing critical knowledge they have learned.
Here a picture of our first competition event in 2017. Rolling Robots Outreach hosted 18 teams in a Robot Skills Challenge . It was a very high level of competition that included 3 teams that ranked in the top 50 in the world at that time.
STEM Center Partnerships
Rolling Robots Outreach partners with existing community organizations to provide STEM education in our community. We offer workshops, materials, and organized robotics competition teams. The local students get the same experience as members at our primary locations.
Our first partnership is with the Holliston Dream Tree Community Center. As part of our collaboration we launched a new workshop series and formed a new VEX IQ team that were registered for 2 events for the season.
More recently, we partnered with a local private school to provide a robotics coding workshop to 4th and 5th graders who then participated in an international robotics competition.